Deli Express, Market, Archer Farms and Good to Go chicken salad are being recalled for potential Listeria risk. E.A. Sween Company issued the recall after being notified that its supplier of cooked chicken, Tip Top Poultry, was recalling nine months of cooked chicken because it was potentially contaminated with Listeria.
At the time of the recall, there had been no confirmed reports of illness, the company stated. However, consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. Please see the complete list of recalled products on E. A. Sween’s recall posted on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) website.
Tip Top Poultry issued its Listeria recall after Canadian health officials notified the company that several of its products had tested positive for Listeria. In Canada, health officials have been investigating a Listeria outbreak linked to Rosemount brand cooked, diced chicken that was sold to cafeterias, hospitals and nursing homes. During that investigation, Canadian health officials have been collecting and testing other cooked chicken products and found a number of samples that tested positive for Listeria.
Seven people in Canada have been sickened by the contaminated chicken products. And genetic tests on the outbreak strain show it closely resembles a Listeria strain associated with an ongoing Listeria outbreak in the United States that has sickened 24 people two of whom have died.
Listeria can cause serious illness and death. Among pregnant women, the bacteria can cause miscarriage and stillbirth. Symptoms of an infection include high fever, muscle stiffness, severe headache, abdominal pain, nausea and diarrhea.